The Personal Side of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

Women across the nation were excited at the prospect of a “woman’s influence” on the country’s legislative agenda. Nancy Pelosi, the first woman ever to serve as House Speaker now presides over the first Democratic majority since 1994.

By: Natasha Morgan

The year 2007 marks a time in history that a woman takes on a role in the US government which is only two steps from the presidency. Nancy Pelosi, the first woman ever to serve as House Speaker was sworn in on Thursday, and now presides over the first Democratic majority since 1994.

The 66-year-old San Francisco Democrat, is a native of Baltimore and learned to become part of a political family early in life since her father, Thomas D’Alesandro, was a former mayor the city.

Women across the nation were excited at the prospect of a “woman’s influence” on the country’s legislative agenda. Many feel that it is a precursor to having a woman president in the United States which has fallen behind many European countries, including Great Britain.

Pelosi’s family has always known Nancy to be a hard working mother who excelled at multi-tasking. When her children were young she made elaborate Halloween costumes by hand and hosted birthday parties where children built life-size gingerbread houses.

Pelosi ran for Congress only in 1987 after moving to San Francisco and raising her children. Although supremely confident, she says “it hasn’t really fully landed that I am the person who carries a great deal of responsibility, because we have always been a team effort.”

The woman’s touch was evident on the House floor where Nancy, a mother of five and grandmother of six, had her grandchildren take turns sitting in her lap as the roll was called. She credits her husband Paul Pelosi and her family for her success and thanks them for helping her move “from the kitchen to the Congress.”

Witnessing the interaction of politics and family at this historic event makes us believe that women have a bright future in this country, whether they choose to be a mom, a business woman, a politician or all three.

 

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